Here is "said duck" lifting it's head, to get closer to the shower head spraying water -- it prefers the spray on his head. It will even stand on it's "tippy toes" to get closer to the shower head, assuming ducks HAVE "tippy toes". Washing the wing is a challenge, because "said duck" is contantly trying to direct the water flower to it's head. HA !! (But when water does flow OVER the injured wing, the duck lifts the poor little wing so the spray goes underneath to the other injured areas - we think the cool water must be comforting to these injuries because the duck does not seem to mind at all.)
SMILE FOR THE CAMERA --- DadToCherubs is drying "said duck" with a fluffy towel -- the duck enjoys this part, and makes a "purring" noise as he is gently rubbed dry with the towel. When you stop drying, the duck will crane it's neck and rub it's own head and neck along the towel -- still "purring".
It would seem that "said duck" has decided that we are trying to help it, and so it is MOST cooperative, even seeming to enjoy the "fuss".
DadToCherubs and his friend, "said duck" (who also enjoys being petted under it's chin and on the bottom of it's bill.).
May 6 UPDATE: Our duck is doing well. The children have been faithfully giving it fresh water and lots of yummy food daily - they even constructed a small "pool" with a rubbermaid crate and some scrap wood (for a ramp). They have also been bringing "said duck" in nightly for a shower to clean it's injured wing, and then have been coating it's wounds in the Mighty M ointment. It appears that the wound is nearly covered with new skin (HOORAY !) however we do not see any sign of new feathers yet. "Said duck" is perky and seems genuinely happy to see whomever graces it's presense with a visit --- always eager for a pet on the head, or make an "under-beak" rub.
Isn't it wonderful for children to be so caring and attentive to an animal ?? We are so blessed to be able to include these tender moments in our "school" and in our home life.